COVID-19 Policy

COVID-19 Return to Play Action Plan

FC DELCO and APL Tournaments are committed to supporting our participants through the incorporation of safety precautions and crowd mitigation.  By taking these precautions our goal is to provide a safe tournament experience for the players, coaches, officials, and families while eliminating any unnecessary risk. 


FC DELCO Action Plan

Crowd Management and Mitigation Practices
* Accurately assign number of teams/divisions based on facility size and layout
* Limiting spectators, 1 spectator per participant

Scheduling and Operational Adjusted Practices
* Create game schedules that allow proper spacing to reduce number of participants on-site
* Create spacing in schedule to allow teams to completely leave bench area and field prior to next teams arriving

Enhanced Sanitizing and Safety Protocols
*  Provide staff with PPE as needed
* Increased cleaning and sanitizing of rest rooms, porta johns, common areas, etc.- This will take place throughout the event
* Increase signage and messaging to inform participants
* Enhanced pre-event training for staff to maintain safety
* Hand sanitizing stations will be strategically placed throughout the facility
* Water or hydration areas will not be provided by the tournament

Tournament Game Adjusted Practices
No post-game handshakes
* No spitting will be allowed on field, sidelines, etc.
* Referee will sanitize soccer ball before each game
* Coaches will retain player passes, they will not be checked by officials prior to the match but must be available if requested
* Teams must wait until field and bench area is emptied prior to entering for next scheduled match
* Team benches will not be provided.


General Health and Safety Protocols
FC DELCO will provide specific and detailed pre-event communication through email or other form of electronic communication
* FC DELCO will require all staff, players, coaches, managers, and match officials to submit a COVID waiver in order to participate in the event
* FC DELCO will have a planned response and plan in place of a reported Covid-19 infection
* Award ceremonies and team pictures will not be presented on-site, awards will be provided directly to the team coach via mail post-event
* All participants, spectators, etc. are encouraged to bring their own sanitizer, PPE, etc.


Guidelines and Protocols for All On-Site During Event

FC DELCO and Event Staff

* All event staff will wear face coverings -- masks are required at all times!
* Anyone symptomatic individual is to stay home; each staff will be required to have temperature taken upon arrival

Players and Coaches
Players and coach that are displaying symptoms are prohibited from attending
* Players are to adhere to social distancing rules when not playing in the game
* Players must wear masks not warming up or playing
* Coaches are required to wear face coverings at all times during the match.
* Do not share water bottles, food, etc.
* Sanitize hands after leaving the field and between each game
* Players and coaches are encouraged to bring their own sanitizer

Spectators will be separated in clearly marked areas to comply with social distancing
* Spectators are always required to wear face masks -- masks are required at all times
* Anyone displaying symptoms is prohibited from attending
* Restrictions on number of spectators will be in place for this event, 1 spectator per participant
* Spectators are encouraged to bring their own sanitizer

* Referees are encouraged to wear face coverings when not on the field officiating
* Soccer balls will be disinfected by referees before each game


* Permitted vendors will be spaced out and adhere to social distancing policies at facilities where there is proper space to operate.

Helpful Covid-19 Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 

World Health Organization (WHO)  

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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